How & Where to Ask for Help at Queen’s University
It’s week 4, and we’re all getting a bit frazzled. Some, more than others. Your parents and professors might tell you that university is “hard” but when it’s all-consuming and disrupting your sleep, eating habits, socializing, and ability to function… it’s time to ask for help.
Here are some free resources that you can access on-campus and in the community, to start feeling like yourself again.
If you want to talk to someone
- Students can drop-in for support or call-in for questions during those hours.
- safe, non-judgmental, and confidential environment for students to speak about personal or academic issues with empathetic volunteers.
- help students find and use the excellent resources available on campus and in the Kingston community.
- located in room 34 & 26 in the JDUC, (facing the Printing & Copy Centre, turn right and walk to the very end of the hallway), and we can be reached by phone
- No issue is too big, too small, or too diverse. Our goal is to ensure that students know there is always someone to talk to and that they are not alone.
- confidential, anonymous, and non-judgmental volunteer-based support service
- free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365.
- serves students at Ontario’s publicly-funded colleges and universities (that’s you!), with a primary focus on those aged 17 to 25.
If you want to get organized
Book a 1-on-1 appointment with a Professional Learning Strategist, a Professional Writing Consultant, or a Peer Writing Assistant at SASS. All appointments are free for Queen’s University students.
SASS has a number of resources available online to help you.
- The Strategies and Topics section offers downloadable PDFs, tools and templates on a wide variety of topics, like time management, academic stress, or presentation skills (and more).
- Handouts that cover a variety of writing topics: thesis statements, effective paragraph structure, grammar, etc.) can be downloaded for personal use.
- The Assignment Calculator and Thesis Manager can help you manage larger projects and assignment and work towards long-term goals.
- We also have a list of focus and time management tools on the web to help you cope with online (and offline!) distractions. Keep in mind that those links will lead off our website; we are not responsible for the content you find there. Most are free but some require a subscription or one-time purchase.
- Our upper-year volunteers, the Peer Learning Assistants, post a weekly blog during the fall and winter terms. Check out our archives for candid, helpful and often funny posts on surviving and thriving as a Queen’s student.
- Other helpful information for writers – see here and here.
If you want to make some time for self-care
If you want to feel healthier
- DrugSmart Pharmacy – open 8am-10pm weekdays, 10am-8pm weekends in the ARC – 613-507-7775
- See a Doctor or Nurse – book an appointment at Student Wellness Services
- Join Queen’s Healthy Cooking Club
- Visit the Queen’s Health Walk-in Clinic
- List of After-Hours & Weekend Health Clinics
If you want to get back on track
Photo Credit: Queen’s University: Lars Hagberg.